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Charlie Thomas

Apr 19th 2018 @ Westgarth Social Club

Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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Charlie Thomas Tickets In Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Thursday, April 19th, 2018
7:00 PM
Westgarth Social Club
99a Southfield Road, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
TV Smith returns to Middlesbrough a fifth time. Originally played for us at The Legion in Park Avenue North then performed solo gigs at the Westgarth and with his Bored Teenagers at Libertys.

TV Smith was founder member, singer and songwriter for the Adverts, who formed in late 1976, and became one of the leading bands in the first wave of British punk rock. In early 1977, they performed regularly at the newly-opened Roxy Club in London, and gained cult success with the Stiff Records single "One Chord Wonders." Their next release, "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" became a hit record, leading to many radio and TV appearances and extensive media interest. A further single, No Time To Be 21, also entered the charts, and the band spent the rest of the year playing live, including major tours with The Damned and Iggy Pop. The album that followed in early 1978, "Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts," is still considered a genuine classic of the era and is often cited as one of the twenty best punk albums ever released.

The Adverts released one further album, Cast Of Thousands, before their split in 1979. Slammed by the critics at the time, the album was re-released recently on Fire Records to universal acclaim, and described by Mojo magazine as the long lost punk album that rivals The Clash's 'London Calling'.

Immediately after the break up, TV formed TV Smith's Explorers, who achieved a U.K. hit in 1980 with the single Tomahawk Cruise and released one album, Last Words Of The Great Explorer a year later. Lack of commercial success led to the band being dropped by their record label and their subsequent split. TV re-entered the live arena in 1986 with Cheap, before performing his first gigs as a solo artist in the early '90's. He has gone on to release a succession of critically-acclaimed albums, including March Of The Giants (1992), Immortal Rich (1995), Generation Y (1999), Not A Bad Day (2003), Misinformation Overload (2006), In The Arms Of My Enemy (2008), and Coming In To Land (2011). He has also been involved in a number of collaborations with other bands, most notably with German superstars Die Toten Hosen, who performed as TV's backing band on the album Useless.

At the request of his fans, in 2013 TV released The Acoustic Sessions, an album of solo performances, recorded live in the studio with renowned producer Jon Caffery. Vive Le Rock magazine called it an album that sits alongside the Angry Brigade output of Pete Townsend, Roger Waters and Lou Reed, but hits you with the wallop of bare knuckle punk. Late 2014 saw the release of a new TV Smith album entitled I Delete," his sixteenth as a solo artist, which has been acclaimed by critics and fans alike.

Fiercely independent and determinedly embodying the original spirit of punk rock, TV continues to tour the world, bringing his epic solo show to ever-increasing audiences. Remarkably, he plays his concerts without a setlist and every performance contains a different selection of songs chosen on the night. He plays more than 120 gigs a year and has performed all over Europe, as well as the USA, Japan, Australia, South America, Russia and even Heligoland.

Not content with playing live, TV has also has written about his on-the-road experiences in five books of highly popular Tour Diaries, described by Sandman and American Gods author Neil Gaiman as, hilarious, honest and incredibly true. The fifth and final volume, Book Of The Year, contains a write-up of every one of the 130 gigs TV played in 2013. In Autumn of 2016, TV's first ever book of lyrics will be published by Foruli Codex. Exquisitely designed by Cure designer Andy Vella, and entitled The Alternative Top 50, the book comprises fifty of what are arguably TV's best lyrics. It will be available as a conventional paperback, as well as an exclusive collectors' hardback edition which includes a 10' vinyl single that TV has recorded with Henry Rollins.

A full-length BBC 4 documentary on TV Smith titled We Who Wait: TV Smith & The Adverts is still available for viewing on You Tube.

Main Support: A lifelong drummer, Aberdeenshire based Mark Ayling has now branched out into he world of acoustic music.

Recently described as "a relentless, one-man wall-of-sound"
by Louder Than War, he discards the usual Folk/Acoustic
influences such as Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, instead
finding his inspiration from bands as diverse as The Jam,
The Specials, Motorhead, The Mob, New Model Army, The Clash,
Killing Joke and Joy Division.

Mark has had the pleasure of playing alongside Justin
Sullivan (New Model Army), Robb Johnson and Tracey Curtis at
the 2011 Raise Your Banners Festival, and Ruts DC, 999,
TV Smith, Goldblade, Rubella Ballet, Proud City Fathers,
The Mob, XSLF and many other fine musicians
at various gigs throughout the last 5 years.

His third studio album was released on 23rd September 2016.
This album, 'Big City Dreams/Small Town Failings',
is self-released on his own label 'Octave Slant'
along with his debut album 'Memories & Ghosts',
2014's 'Out of Step, Out of Time'
and a 4 track split CD with Aberdeen's Versificator,
with all proceeds going to the Humane Research Trust.

After a chance encounter with a local promoter, Charlie Thomas has been performing at music venues in and around the North East for over five years. Supporting the likes of Terry & Gerry, TG Elias, Blue Rose Code, Martin Stephenson (The Daintees), Silver Trees, Steve Ignorant (Crass) Dead Men Walking, (Kirk Brandon) and TV Smith (The Adverts), he continues to win new fans with his direct approach. Adopting a DIY ethic, Charlie's songwriting fuses raw aspects of early American rock and roll, New York proto-punk, folk and beat poet culture. Primary influences include: Jack Kerouac, Dylan, Lou Reed, VU, Patti Smith, The Stooges and Jonathon Richman.
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